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    Your book changed my life. Thank you. — Gerry Spence, American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame

    I can't believe you did this. What a great read. The Navy SEALS in the audience were seriously impressed. — Jason M., Navy Special Forces

    I finished your book and it was a great read. I still cannot fathom someone subjecting himself to that kind of environment. -Pulling all of your own supplies, and doing it solo for several months is incredible. I've read a lot of human endurance books, but your trip ranks right up there in difficulty. — Ed Lavino, Jackson, WY, author of Prevailing Westerlies

    Allen recently finished reading your book, and many evenings were spent with him reading aloud to me ...what an unbelievable journey and accomplishment! I just finished ordering 5 of your books to give as Christmas gifts to family members. One copy of your book in particular will be going to our 20 year old grandson who has been floundering for quite some time. I think that reading your book may help him to better understand and recognize that although there are struggles in life that you must never ever give up. Thank you for sharing your dream and achievements with the world. — Barbara Ripingill, Turners Falls, MA

    Being an adventurer and historian as well as an avid reader, like many of you I have always been fascinated by the world's most dangerous place - mysterious Antarctica. But here we have the personal vivid account of a man's survival against improbable odds. I have read many Antarctic accounts - Amundsen's, Scott's, and of course Shackleton's which are masterful, but this book is different; it is more personal, full of personal emotions, physical and mental triumphs. It will put you there, quite alone, in the vast deadly trackless and seemingly endless high plateau (9,000 + feet) that is the geological south end of our earth. This is a vivid, true account that I could not lay down. -Emmett Harder, San Bernardino, CA Aaron, thanks for sharing your great adventure to the So. Pole, which I just finished reading. You share the powerful reality of that forbidding domain in a way that is unforgettable. I like the "inside story" of your thinking and how you came to undertake the adventure; made me feel I was there with you! — Jerry Mossbarger, Hemet, CA


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      Jmoss 5.0 out of 5 starsWe have the delight of his interior experience February 5, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Aaron has written a dramatic account of his on-foot adventure to reach the South Pole. We have the delight of his interior experience, not only on this trek but during his preparatory adventures in Greenland and Yellowstone. Why would a professional with a secure and comfortable life purposely choose such a severe journey? He answers these and other questions in a delightful way.

      We quickly become part of his trek facing creavasses, storms and winds of incredible fury. Using his engineer's knack for problem-solving in real time, we share his survival challenges of broken equipment and degraded supplies. His daily diary throws dangers into sharp relief as he treks over the most daunting landscape on earth. He recounts the nearly impossible task of crossing fields of "sastrugi" - strange hobgoblin formations of snow monuments cut by fierce winds. High latitudes create GPS errors, compass misreadings and ever-present threat of death from the unrelenting cold. Horizon whiteouts play vivid mind tricks: visions of places he has known in color, with people and in extreme detail; an invitation for insanity without creative exercise of mental discipline.

      The account is often in the vein of Robinson Crusoe's introspections, investigating the theme of human loneliness and its mental effects over prolonged isolation; also much like those in Graham Mackintosh's Into A Desert Place as he hiked alone in Baja. This is the read for an armchair traveler who wants an authentic South Pole adventure. 22 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse MA 5.0 out of 5 starsWhat an amazing adventure. It's hard to imagine spending eighty two ... November 26, 2014Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase What an amazing adventure. It's hard to imagine spending eighty two days alone living in the minus 40 degree, hell Aaron found in Antarctica. After reading Aarons book I have to say "congratulations on a job well done". It's too bad he happen to pick a summer with record foul weather. I am sure if he had better weather, he would have been able to make his goal of a round trip journey to the South Pole before Antarctic winter. It's incredible that Aaron ate 6,000 calories a day and still lost weight. I can see that Aaron has learned a great deal from this trip and would change a few things if he did it again. 16 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Tumbleweeds 5.0 out of 5 starsAn Amazing Adventure November 2, 2016Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase What an amazing adventure! As inexperienced as the author was with this type of trip, I was surprised that he didn't perish in the first week, especially as he started out his trip sick with bronchitis. This was truly a survival story, one filled with determination and pushing oneself to the limit of endurance.

      Imagine living in a little tent, walking or skiing across the most unforgiving terrain in the world, though hurricane-force winds and white out blizzards, living on butter and cookies - and doing this for nearly three months. Now, imagine doing this and still managing to keep your spirits up, cherishing each day of your adventure.

      I read this book while I was in steamy hot Bangkok, and it worked better than the air conditioner to keep me cold. Recommended for anyone with an interest in learning about the most inhospitable place on earth. The author takes the reader with him on a day-by-day journey. Yes, some of it is repetitious, but I have no doubt that this is exactly what it was like to be in his shoes. When equipment fails, it breaks the monotony and therefore becomes an exciting challenge. When your food goes rancid, great! That means you'll need to improvise something different! Such is the adversity that Linsdau contended with every day of his trip to the South Pole.

      I hope he makes it to the North Pole soon and shares his adventure with the rest of us. Thank you, Mr. Linsdau! 4 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Wheeler Canyon Ted 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story that inspires me even at my age! March 23, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase I loved reading this book as I can relate. Not that what I experienced was even remotely or even a fraction of what Arron did, but his daily struggles and how he worked through them was amazing and inspiring. I am sixty-five years old and recently trekked to Canada from my home in Southern California pulling a two wheeled hiking cart because I have a back injury that keeps me from carrying a backpack. It took me seventy-nine days and I camped over seventy of those days. It was a struggle many, many, days for me, and reading that Arron was having similar feelings during those tough days (mine obviously not under the same tough conditions) brought back flashes of similar feelings.

      After I finished I felt a great accomplishment and set my next goal to trekked the length of New Zealand, and then across the USA from coast to coast. To stay in shape I went to France and Spain and trekked two separate trails, 530 miles, and then 630 miles, fracturing my tibia at my knee. I had to postpone my trekked to New Zealand due to this, but have set my goals to get back into shape and let nothing stop me.

      I had similar feelings, as Arron, when I stopped trekking in that I had a hard time sleeping in a bed because I missed my sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and my tent. Funny how that happens. Reading Arron's difficulties reminded me how I felt after stopping my treks.

      I loved every page of this book, and as I have mentioned, it inspires me to continue to go after my dreams and challenges. If you are an adventurer, you will like this book! 2 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse See all 137 reviews Write a customer review

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      Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 starsInteresting Aaron Lindsay did a superb job writing about his trek across the Antarctic. His ambition and determination contributed to a successful trip to the South Pole. Published 9 days ago Amazon Customer 4.0 out of 5 starsPeople really do this! Loved the story, unbelievable that people challenge themselves in the harshest conditions! And being alone for that length of time.Read more Published 1 month ago Panembo 5.0 out of 5 starsEpic adventures take mental and physical strength. A fascinating story of the trials and tribulations of a solo crossing of Antarctica. Published 3 months ago beckvalleybooks 5.0 out of 5 starsA true life account of one man's battle against the ultimate force on planet earth, Mother Nature A true life account of one man's battle against the ultimate force on planet earth, Mother Nature and her greatest creation Antarctica and the wilderness that beholds her.Read more Published 4 months ago MikiHope 5.0 out of 5 starsMind over matter people--you CAN do or be anything you choose. This is the second book I read in this giveaway. One thing is for absolute certain--you will NEVER see me traveling overland-much less solo just because I want to reach the South...Read more Published 4 months ago Liliyana 5.0 out of 5 starsChilling An absolutely thrilling and inspiring story. The pictures definitely helped illustrate the book, and Linsdau will have you holding your breath as he overcomes seemingly impossible...Read more Published 4 months ago Lynchburg Mama - Shelly 5.0 out of 5 starswe want to explore Australia but I am happy to let him head to Antarctica on his own My husband has visited most of the continents -- except Australia and Antarctica. Together, we want to explore Australia but I am happy to let him head to Antarctica on his own.Read more Published 4 months ago MySideOfLife 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read My Review –

      Another wonderful adventurous trek written by Aaron Linsdau in Antarctic Tears .
      Read more Published 4 months ago Scott G. 5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars Good book Published 4 months ago Nick Fischer 5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best books I've read in a long time One of the best books I've read in a long time. A human story about an individual battling some of the harshest conditions mother nature creates here on earth and facing this test...Read more Published 6 months ago

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